The Political Affairs Committee (PAC) of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) met right here on Thursday amidst rising rumblings of discontent within the get together with its present management for the poor exhibiting within the native physique elections.
KPCC working president Okay. Sudhakaran, MP, appeared to highlight the dissatisfaction when he mentioned that the tradition of nominating office-bearers from block-level and upwards had hollowed out the Congress get together and weakened its organisational construction.
The Congress had turn into a unfastened federation of group satraps dedicated solely to preserving their clout. It lacked management with commanding energy, he mentioned.
Mr. Sudhakaran hinted that solely a management change would assist flip the Congress round and rework it right into a formidable combating machine forward of the Assembly elections.
Nevertheless, Okay.C. Venugopal, basic secretary, All India Congress Committee (AICC), denied rumours of a management change.
With Assembly elections across the nook, the nationwide management of the Congress didn’t need its rank and file to take pleasure in a protracted and primarily self-defeating blame sport over the debacle within the polls. Mr. Venugopal’s phrases appeared to replicate the willpower of the AICC to maneuver ahead.
By one account, the PAC would debate whether or not the Congress had given voters an alternate imaginative and prescient of coverage and credible governance different alongside its anti-corruption election platform.
Ouster of Jose faction
The PAC would additionally debate the criticism that the Congress had acted in feverish haste by ousting the Jose Okay. Mani faction of the Kerala Congress (M) from the United Democratic Front (UDF).
Mr. Mani’s inclusion within the Left Democratic Front (LDF) had introduced the ruling entrance appreciable beneficial properties within the UDF heartlands in Kottayam, Idukki and Pathanamthitta.
Tie-up with WPI
The PAC would weigh the criticism that the Congress had accorded the LDF a political weapon by overtly aligning with the Welfare Party of India (WPI), the political arm of the Jamaat-e-Islami. Congress leaders had given blended messages concerning the nature of the “alliance” with the WPI.
Some of them felt that the WPI alliance had pushed conventional UDF voters, largely Hindus, into the fold of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance. The PAC would additionally study whether or not the choice of candidates mirrored the age, faith and caste demography of constituencies at least in some measure.